The 'Google for India' event was held at Delhi today. Key speakers at the event included Sundar Pichai, Rajan Anandan, and other key people from Google.
The focus of the event was generally on IoT or the Internet of things technology and the speakers have emphasized on the improvements that Google has to bring for its Android Smartphone users in India while making the internet and Google more accessible to Indian users.
Rajan Andan, VP and MD, Google India said that more than 150 million people are using internet in India via a smartphone. The most important thing will be language and Google will introduce translation and support for several Indian languages. Google wants to primarily focus on making Internet affordable and accessible to Indians.
Android Keyboard now supports almost 11 Indian languages and the Indian users can now load pages faster, thanks to efforts from Google India. Google aims to take its services to lesser connected areas. While YouTube was made available offline last year, the maps feature is now available offline. Importantly, it was announced that more than 100 railway stations in India will have Wi-fi access and first station tor receive Wi-fi access will be Mumbai Central. Sundar Pichai spoek of a new google campus in Hyderabad next year.
Google Search , VP, Tamar Yehoshua on stage spoke of the how Google had made the internet accessible to the world and allow people to experience the internet like never before. He also spoke of how google was trying to become accessible even on 2G networks. Tamar also spoke of the Hindi keyboard and how it can help in typing in Hindi.
Jen Fitzpatrick, VP, Google Maps spoke of the offline navigation in Google maps and make them available to communities across India.
Eyal Manor, VP of Engineering, YouTube spoke of YouTube and how an increasing number of Indians are spending time on YouTube, more than others around the world.
A demonstration of Whatsapp showed how a Whatsapp message can be typed out in Hindi. Google will launch Tap to translate which will be launched in 2016.
The Google Chromebit will be launched in India at Rs 7,999. The Chromebit will be launched by Asus.